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10:20 PM ET, September 10, 2010

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Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Rush Limbaugh, Pastor Terry Jones Were High School Classmates  —  Terry Jones, the Florida pastor threatening to burn a Koran tomorrow on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was a high school classmate of Rush Limbaugh.  —  The Cape Central High School (Missouri) website …
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Reuters:
Florida pastor's daughter says “he needs help”  —  BERLIN — The estranged daughter of a U.S. pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran believes he has gone mad and needs help, she said in a German media interview conducted on Friday.  —  Emma Jones, who lives in Germany …
Howard Kurtz:
Fox draws the line on pastor
Discussion: The Wire and Z on TV
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Guilt By High School Classmate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ken Steinhoff / Cape Girardeau History and Photos:
Koran-Burning Preacher Terry Jones and Rush Limbaugh: Class of 69
Justin Elliott / Salon:
How (and why) the media made Terry Jones a star
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
NRA backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware  —  The National Rifle Association endorsed conservative commentator Christine O'Donnell Friday in Delaware's Republican Senate primary.  The Tea Party-backed O'Donnell is looking to upset Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) on Tuesday.
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
The whole story: How Angle asked for a debate with Reid, how Reid agreed and Angle backed out  —  UPDATE: Here is the statement I received this morning from Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen:  —  “We obviously gave you the wrong signal and I apologize for that.  We have other events planned …
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CNN:
Angle draws Ralston's ire after debate cancelation
Discussion: Washington Post
The Politico:
PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES RINGLESS AT PRESSER  —  Sometimes, a White House press conference can be a chance for a president to take some weight off his shoulders ... but weight off his fingers?  —  Eagle-eyed reporters noticed that President Barack Obama wasn't sporting his wedding ring during Friday's White House press conference.
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans OK Allowing Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire  —  One in three favor keeping tax cuts for all taxpayers  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans favor letting the tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration expire for the wealthy.  While 37% support keeping the tax cuts for all Americans …
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The White House:
Press Conference by President Obama  —  THE PRESIDENT: Have a seat, everybody.  Good morning.  Before I take your questions, I just want to talk a little bit about our continuing efforts to dig ourselves out of this recession and to grow our economy.  —  As I said in Cleveland on Wednesday …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The pastor and cheap, selective concern for “blood-spilling”
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Mississippi Congressional Race Shows Futility of Making Benefit Cuts to Social Security  —  RJ Eskow reported yesterday on a rumored deal coming out of the deficit commission on Social Security.  It sounds like a really bad version of progressive price indexing, where benefits are cut …
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Did Megan McArdle Really Graduate from a Business School?
New York Post:
One block between Ground Zero mosque and human remains  —  Tweet  —  Here's the chilling proof that Ground Zero stretches well beyond the boundaries of the World Trade Center site, and reaches close to the proposed mosque and community center.  —  A map compiled by firefighters …
Discussion: The Awl, Gawker.TV, Raw Story and Salon
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Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
Muslim Prayer Room Was Part of Life at Twin Towers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
'IT'S JUST US'.... President Obama hosted an unusually-long White House press conference this morning, which I thought went extremely well for him.  And for the most part, the press corps stuck to substantive issues and avoided some of the more sensationalistic issues of the day.  —  But there were exceptions.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama speaks out for Muslims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Obama awards living soldier the Medal of Honor  —  Under a bright Afghan moon, eight U.S. paratroopers trudged along a ridge in the Korengal Valley, unaware they were walking right into a trap.  Less than 20 feet away, a band of Taliban fighters executed the ambush plan perfectly …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Christianist Watch: The Fire Next Time
Discussion: Eunomia
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
G.O.P. Has 2-in-3 Chance of Taking House, Model Forecasts  —  Republicans have a two-in-three chance of claiming a majority of House seats in November, the FiveThirtyEight forecasting model estimates.  And their gains could potentially rival or exceed those made in 1994, when they took a net of 54 seats from the Democrats.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Read's Top 10 Senate takeovers  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** First Read's Top 10 Senate Takeovers: Chew on this: Right now, Republicans have a better chance of flipping West Virginia's Senate seat than Democrats have in picking up the one in Ohio.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
How is Lincoln Losing?  —  Earlier this afternoon, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. John Boozman met for their first official debate in the Arkansas state Senate race.  The particulars of this race are interesting but frustrating: it's hard to see how, whatever the climate, the soft-spoken …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Politics Daily
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sebelius: insurers who criticize ObamaCare may get locked out of system  —  Does ObamaCare trump the First Amendment?  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius must think so.  Yesterday, after apparently tiring of criticism of the new law from the companies it will eventually put out of business …
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Suddenly, their house is taken over  —  A Long Beach couple struggling with mortgage payments find out their home's been auctioned off by Wells Fargo when the new owner's representative shows up on their doorstep.  —  Mike and Ellen Kahara knew times were tough.
Gawker.TV:
Jon Stewart: MSNBC Should Take Notes From Fox News  —  Tonight, Jon Stewart noted President Obama's shift from bipartisan love machine to Republican-killing campaign shark, and—namely—the media's reaction to it.  The verdict?  MSNBC should emulate Fox News' skew-the-news-to-fit-our-narrative mantra …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Genteel Nation  —  Most people who lived in the year 1800 were scarcely richer than people who lived in the year 100,000 B.C. Their diets were no better.  They were no taller, and they did not live longer.  —  Then, sometime around 1800, economic growth took off — in Britain first, then elsewhere.
 
 
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Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Obama Press Conference: Terry Jones and the Democrats' Health …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tough Road for Snowe
Discussion: TPMDC and Daily Kos
Marcus Stern / USA Today:
U.S. shifts approach to deporting illegal immigrants
Discussion: 24Ahead and Washington Post
Angela Tchou / Slate:
Not in the Oval Office.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Steele mum for now on seeking another term as RNC chairman
Discussion: The Politico
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Kagan Recuses in Ten More Cases
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Hiding torture, legally
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Live-Blogging Obama's News Conference
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